If you follow me on Twitter, you may have seen that I was at Unpacked 2018 for the announcement of the Samsung Galaxy Note 9. Most of the phone leaked already, so there were not many surprises left. But you can see the official spec sheet of the Galaxy Note9 below.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Specs
Display: 6.4” Quad HD Super AMOLED 2960 x 1440 (516 ppi)
Cameras: Dual 12 Megapixel rear-facing camera (Both with OIS) / 8-megapixel front-facing camera
Processor / RAM: 6GB RAM for 128GB / 8GB RAM for 512GB
Memory: 128GB / 256GB Internal Memory (with expansion slot)
Battery: 4,000 mAh embedded battery / Fast Wireless and Wired Charging /
Connectivity : Bluetooth 5.0 / Wi-Fi / NFC / USB-C / Headphone Jack
OS: Android Oreo 8.1 with Samsung Experience (Formerly TouchWiz)
Features: IP68 Rating (water and dust resistant) / Bixby / Bluetooth S-Pen
The Galaxy Note 9 looks similar to the Galaxy Note 8. The sleek rectangular look comes to the Note9 is four new colors. Only two colors will be making it to the US, Ocean Blue, and Lavender Purple. That sucks because I was diggin’ the copper color. The Lavender Purple is a beauty though. Of course, I can’t give a full review after just a few minutes of hands-on experience but as expected, the Note 9 seems zippy and looks beautiful. The battery is larger at 4,000 mAh, which sounds decent for a phone with such a large display. This display doesn’t include a notch, which many at the event seemed pleased with.
The S-Pen has been upgraded too. Check out the new features from the press release:
Now, with Bluetooth Low-Energy (BLE) support, the new S Pen gives you an entirely new way to use the Note. With just a click, you can take selfies and group pictures, present slides, pause and play music, and more. The S Pen charges in the phone in just under a minute, so it’s ready for you in a matter of moments. Developers can even integrate the S Pen’s new, advanced BLE functionalities into their apps later this year.
Intelligent Camera to Help Capture the Perfect Shot
It can be hard to take a picture that looks just like the ones the pros take – but it shouldn’t be. Galaxy Note9 builds on Samsung’s camera technologies with new capabilities that take the work out of getting the perfect picture.
- Scene Optimizer: The Galaxy Note9 camera uses intelligence to identify elements of a photo, such as scene and subject, to automatically classify it into one of 20 categories. It then optimizes saturation, white balance, brightness and contrast based on the category. The result is a stunning, lifelike image with bold colors and dynamic definition.
- Flaw Detection: We don’t always get things right on the first shot, but Galaxy Note9 lets you know if there’s something wrong, so you can take another picture before you lose the moment. You’ll get an immediate notification if the image is blurry, if the subject blinked, if there is a smudge on the lens or if there is backlight impacting the quality of the image.
- Premium Camera: With the unique combination of advanced intelligence features and premium hardware, the Galaxy Note9 camera is the best in the smartphone market. It comes with advanced noise reduction technology, and a Dual Aperture lens, which adjusts to light just like the human eye. No matter the lighting conditions, the Galaxy Note9 top-tier camera delivers a crystal clear shot.
Pricing and Availability
You can pre-order the phone starting August 10th and it will be available on August 24th. For the 128GB / 6GB RAM version, it will run you $999+. The 512GB / 8GB version will run you $1249+. Surely there will be bundle and trade-in deals from carriers. Keep a lookout for those.